132ND COMMENCEMENT/BACCALAUREATE in the development of [Africa’s] potential,” said Masiyiwa during his address. “I am excited for the day when Morehouse Men supported by this program will collaborate with Morehouse Men from the U.S. to provide innovative and lasting solutions that will advance humanity.” Both Mr. and Mrs. Masiyiwa urged the Commencement audience to act selflessly. She said: “Maintain your testimony.
Acknowledge the good things that God has done for you, first and foremost. And also acknowledge the things that Morehouse College has put into you. And finally, make sure you give back. Don’t just come back to this great institution, but put your money in Morehouse.” He said: “I’ve been really concerned that there are so many young Americans for whom the cost of a college education is prohibitive. Surely this should not be
so. This is America, my dear friends. I say this with all the humility and love of a friend – let us fix this problem.” And, summing it up, President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 said: “I charge each of you to dream big and selfless dreams. We need you to do that because it is still true that a better Morehouse can make better men; and better men can make a better world; and a better world will put a smile on the face of God.” n
HONORABLE MENTIONS Valedictorian and Salutatorian Are Fulbright Scholars VALEDICTORIAN Willie Thompson and salutatorian Rami Blair are 2016 Fulbright Scholars and will travel to Taiwan and the West Indies, respectively, Rami Blair to work and do research. Blair, who majored in French language and literature, is also a 2015 Beinecke Scholar, which encourages and enables highly motivated students to pursue a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Inaugural Class of Wisconsin Scholars Graduates THE FIRST of the Wisconsin scholars were part of the graduating class. The Wisconsin Scholars Program was created in 2012 by the College and Milwaukee Public Schools to create a pipeline of talented students who would use their Morehouse education to return to Wisconsin to serve their community. Scholars received a $25,000 academic scholarship awarded annually, and mentoring and academic support, as well as access to professional and leadership development symposiums, advanced technology training workshops, corporate executive mentoring programs and summer internship opportunities. The graduates have pledged to contribute $1,000 yearly to the Morehouse Book Scholarship Fund to benefit future scholars. Some of the Wisconsin Scholars Program graduates are pictured below. They are Justin Wilks ‘16 (left) and Nicholas Stokes ‘16 (right).
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Judson Lyons Society Helps Future Lawyers Prepare for Top Law Schools GRADUATES WHO participated in the College’s Abe Davis Pre-Law Program are heading to some of the nation’s most prominent law schools, including the University of Michigan, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley and New York University. The Judson Lyons Society recognized the nine students during a May 12 reception. The Society sponsored a sixweek, intensive LSAT preparatory course for the students, resulting in an average 10-point increase in their LSATS scores. One student’s score rose 19 points. Particpants received more than $750,000 in scholarship awards from law schools across the country. Pictured are society members (sitting, l-r): Winfield Murray ’96, secretary; Brent Wilson ’73, founding member; Derek Alphran ’75, president; Michael Tyler ’77, vice president and Sam Matchett ’81, treasurer; graduates (standing l-r) Sebastian Hurt, Lemuel Howard, Don Cox, Joshua Drumming, Simeon Lyons, Darrius Atkins, Kane Jacob, Reginald Matthews and Justin Edge.